Pilgrimage in Asia is extremely easy.
Sites that are sacred to someone are all over the place. You’d almost have to intentionally avoid them (or just be oblivious) to miss them.
Asia is the birthplace of many of the world’s religions—Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism …
You get my point.
Even religions that weren’t born there have either a large minority or a rich history somewhere (or multiple somewheres) in Asia.
Islam occurs in abundance in Southeast Asia and India.
There have been Jewish communities throughout Asia for a couple of millennia.
Same goes for Christianity, which arrived peacefully in the south of India via merchant ships earlier than it reached most of Europe. (Which then makes it a bit ironic that some later European colonists took issue with Indian Christian forms of worship, since the Indians had a longer history in the faith ... all of which should remind us to focus on essentials, not forms.)
And while Christianity has had a sometimes-conflicted relationship with its new homes in East Asia, there have been vibrant (if sometimes hidden) communities in places like Japan and China, as well as a significant minority in South Korea (who gained Christianity via Korean diplomats to China and Japan). Christianity is growing in Asia and the global south, even as it declines elsewhere.
In short, that means you’ll practically be tripping over pilgrimage sites while you’re in Asia. All you need to add is a little bit of time and intention—the heart of pilgrimage—in order to make that kind of questing journey.
Apart from occasional transportation limitations, what is truly difficult about pilgrimage in Asia is narrowing down your choices.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed.
You could simply take the journey as it comes—part of pilgrimage is learning to accept what the journey brings, accept that it is well. To not insist on unnecessary comforts or specifics.
There are many wonderful choices for pilgrimage in Asia. Here I’ll highlight some of them. (If there’s a listing but no link, it means that page is in works…coming soon.)
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